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The Beecher Sisters$
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Barbara A. White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099270

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099270.001.0001

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Marriage and Motherhood, 1837–1852

Marriage and Motherhood, 1837–1852

(p.25) 2 Marriage and Motherhood, 1837–1852
The Beecher Sisters

Barbara A. White

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the marriages and motherhood of the Beecher sisters. Isabella Beecher was granted the additional year of education at the Hartford Female Seminary she asked her father for, the school Catharine had founded. In her courtship correspondence with John, Isabella revealed a trait that would go a long way toward softening the sharp edges of her personality. She was more interested in having a family than pursuing social change. Isabella perhaps recalled her mother's severe depressive illness after the death of two-year-old Frederick and was determined to avoid depression. She was particularly satisfied with John when she compared him to other husbands. Isabella gave birth to a baby girl, whom the Hookers named Mary, after Mary Beecher Perkins.

Keywords:   Beecher sister, marriage, motherhood, Isabella Beecher, social change

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